How to Find Time for a Morning Routine

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These are simple, creative ways you can find time for what matters most so you can get results at home.

After 7 years of working from home with kids underfoot, I understand that you need to be strategic if you are going to squeeze in time for your dreams and goals and be the parent you want to be.

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A lot of entrepreneurs with ADHD have a hard time implementing morning routines. You are probably just thankful to be able to get out of bed! I totally get it. I am #notamorningperson either.

Today I am going to share you a simple habit I have implemented that is central to my morning routine strategy. With all of the distractions in my house (5 little kids), this one tip can save me up to 40 minutes in the morning.

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Here’s a simple tip you can add to your rhythms to find more time in the morning too.

Simply get into the habit of making a warm breakfast the day before. Slip it in the oven in the morning while you grab your coffee, and voila! it’s like you have a personal chef in your kitchen serving you while you get your day started on the right foot.

Some of my favorite breakfasts include zucchini bread, sweet potato carrot cakes with sausage, and veggie-infused quiche. Simply garnish with fresh berries for the Pinterest look and you are ready to go!

The compounding results of an open morning time block are many.

1. More Present. The thing I love most about this habit is how present you can be in the mornings. You can be more present to your soul and spirit and your relationship with God and others. You can be more more present to what is on your heart and mind and write these down on your Daily Planner pages to keep them from spinning through your head throughout the day. You can be more present with your family. Instead of over-focusing on the urgent task of flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs last minute, you are freed to greet your children and connect with them better during their most cuddly time of the day.

2. More Energized. While I recommend starting your mornings in calm, quiet solace allowing your mind to wander, I also recommend having a distinct point when you pivot to exercise. On your Think Time Planner, highlight this time block in orange to represent how energizing this part of the day is to your dreams and goals. Here’s why: by keeping an active and healthy body, you energize your body and your mind for the tasks of the day so you can get your best results.

3. More Time. When you clear your mind in the morning by getting on paper what is on your mind, you reduce internal distractions and promote focus toward your dreams and goals. By exercising each morning, you are likely to feel better and to boost your energy. If you have been with me a while, you know that when you find more energy and more focus, you often find more time. You can learn more about that on my blog here.

Don’t set yourself up for a frazzled day by leaving breakfast to the last minute anymore. Design your ultimate morning routine in your Routine Worksheets, and make time for it by making breakfast the day before.

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Three Ways to Get More Energy

Do you struggle with chronic fatigue?  If you are like many entrepreneurs with ADHD, you are answering “yes.”  Well, the last thing you want when you find the TIME to achieve a goal is to lack the energy to accomplish it. You are literally leaving money on the table until you can learn to harness your best energy toward your goals.

So, how can you structure your life to raise the chances that you will have the energy you need when you need it?

Here are three things you can do with your Think Time Planner to better manage your energy so you can achieve your dreams and goals.

  1. Brainstorm ways to rejuvenate.  

Instead of having only “to dos,” your Think Time Planner also includes an area also for “to bes.”  Use the To Be Concept Cloud to brainstorm ways you can rejuvenate your energy this week.  This means including time for rejuvenating relationships, recreation, and relaxation. When you are including activities in your schedule that build into you, then you will have a stronger energy reserve to offer your dreams and goals.

2. Develop healthy routines and habits.  

As a person with ADHD, you may cringe at the suggestion of a routine.  I get it.  I hate routines too.  But, I have learned their power and use them as often as I can to help me advance my dreams and goals. Professional organizer, Julie Morgenstern well said, “If it is not in your routine, it is not in your life.” So, to help your energy levels, build sacred sleep routines, exercise routines, and healthy eating habits. You can use the Routine Worksheet and the Habit Tracker in your Think Time Planner to help you to create routines that will support your energy management goals. 

3. Celebrate your wins.  

So often, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all that “has to be done” that you just keep plunging into the next thing. Looking forward, it’s overwhelming and de-energizing to see the “tyrannical to do list” that is constantly taunting you. To develop a brighter outlook and increase your energy toward your dreams and goals, regularly practice gratitude for what you have been able to accomplish.  Each week, use the Review Phase of your Think Time Planner to check off what you did accomplish and celebrate what went well. You are probably doing better than you think, and you deserve to know it!

Energy management is an incredibly important skill for entrepreneurs with ADHD.  Don’t leave money on the table anymore—simply because you don’t have the energy to follow through on your goal.  Apply these three tips  regularly with your Think Time Planner to help you make the most of your days so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in a distracting world.

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